South Street Community Primary School is a mainstream school in Gateshead We want to ensure that all the children in our school can be included in all aspects of their education and they are all able to learn, play, develop and succeed. We also want all parents/carers to be fully included in their child’s education and be fully informed and involved with how their child is supported within school.
In our school, we educate children with a variety of different needs, such as children who present with:
- speech and language needs;
- social and emotional needs;
- visual impairments;
- hearing impairments;
- physical disabilities;
- cerebral palsy;
- autistic spectrum disorder.
At South Street we have many different ways in which we can support those children with additional needs
- Tracking and assessment of each child’s learning to identify areas requiring extra support and barriers to learning. Staff can meet with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team, Phase Leaders and SENDCO to discuss strategies and interventions which can be put in place to support each child.
- Children identified as having additional needs will have a Learning Plan to record their targets and the interventions that will be used to achieve them.
- Support within the classroom through use of resources such as visual aids, word walls, task management boards and the use of Teachers and Teaching assistants to support in small groups and sometimes on a 1-1 basis.
- We recognize that children with social and emotional needs sometimes require additional support so that they can be happy and succeed at school. We have staff trained to deliver Emotional Literacy Support interventions in the whole class setting, small groups and on a 1-1 basis. We have our own ELSA room which children can visit to relax, chat and work through their difficulties with specially trained staff. We also recognize that children need the opportunity to relax, play and rest and so provide a number of clubs within school and after school e.g. Football, Chill and Chat, Lego Club, Arts and Crafts, Games and Music lessons.
We also welcome in to our school other professionals who can support those children with additional needs such as:
- Educational Psychology team;
- Primary Behavior Support team;
- Speech and Language Therapists;
- RISE counselling;
- High Incident Needs Team (HINT);
- Low Incident Needs Team (LINT);
- Occupational Therapists.
We want to ensure that all parents/carers of those children with additional needs are fully involved. We have review meetings to discuss the support in place and next steps and also so parents can meet with all staff and professional agencies involved with their child. This means that parents can address any concerns and ask any questions they may have.
Support for parents
Our Headteacher is Ms Lynne Wales who can be contacted on 0191 477 3993.
Our SENDCO is Mrs Liz Tyrie who can be contacted on 0191 477 3993.
Our Family Support worker is Mrs Susan Mulhatton who can be contacted on 0191 477 3993.
Parents/carers can also contact Gateshead SENDIASS for free impartial, confidential, information and advice for children aged 0-25 and their parents and carers where a child or young person has or may have special educational needs. They can be contacted on 0191 478 4667.
The Gateshead Local offer also describes the support available within the authority for children with special educational needs and /or disabilities. This can be viewed at www.gateshead.gov.uk
- What do I do if I am concerned about my child’s needs?
- When will my child be placed on the SEND register?
- Will my child always remain on the SEND register?
- When will my child’s needs and progress be discussed?
- What is an EHCP?
- Will professionals other than school staff members become involved with my child?
- What other SEND professionals are there?
- How can I support my child at home?
- What do I do if I am unhappy with the support my child is receiving?